2012-11-21 / Front Page

Bell Ringers Needed For SA Kettles

Salvation Army kettle to be located at Save-A-Lot
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

After not having been present in Fulton County for a number of years, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is making a comeback here this holiday season.

Having taken root in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle has typically been the Salvation Army’s “most prominent fundraiser.” Nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills help support the nearly 6 million people who are in need of not only food and toys at Christmas, but also the 30-plus million Americans needing help with utilities, homelessness, senior and child care, drug-abuse treatment and various social services.

In prior years, the county’s Red Kettle effort had been overseen by Sister Margie Monahan of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Mc- Connellsburg. However, with her plate filled with so many obligations, Sister Monahan has passed the torch on to the 2012 organizer, former county commissioner David Hoover.

According to Hoover, efforts are already well under way to help secure bell ringers for the holiday season. As of Friday, over half of the existing 84 one-hour slots have been filled by church-goers, family, friends and helpful community members.

Hoover stated between December 3 and December 15 bell ringers are needed between the hours of noon and 7 p.m., except for Sundays, outside the Save-ALot located in the Penn’s Village Shopping Center. Volunteers are eligible to sign up for a one-hour or multi-hour shift and can include anyone wishing to ring out the year with a little volunteerism and Christmas spirit. Groups and even students wishing to fulfill community service hours for their senior project are welcome to participate, Hoover said.

In addition to the daily hours of noon to 7 p.m., the Red Kettle will remain stationed at the Save-ALot during normal operation hours. Furthermore, it will hold a location of distinction at the Christmas in McConnellsburg festivities scheduled for November 30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and December 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fulton Theatre.

“It’s good to get the Red Kettle out and visible outside the confines of a church setting,” said Hoover, who added that Red Kettle is a good project for the community as a large portion of what is received will stay in Fulton County. In fact, the Salvation Army states that around 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide.

Hoover’s proposal to bring Red Kettle back to Fulton County has been well received by locals. Many have shared stories on how they rang the bell in their younger years, and how they hope to introduce their grandchildren to the Red Kettle Campaign.

“If you are unable to donate an hour of your time, please make sure you make a financial contribution,” he urged.

Anyone wishing to sign up to be a bell ringer during the upcoming holiday season can contact David Hoover by calling 717-485- 4628. remain stationed at the Save-ALot during normal operation hours. Furthermore, it will hold a location of distinction at the Christmas in McConnellsburg festivities scheduled for November 30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and December 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fulton Theatre.

“It’s good to get the Red Kettle out and visible outside the confines of a church setting,” said Hoover, who added that Red Kettle is a good project for the community as a large portion of what is received will stay in Fulton County. In fact, the Salvation Army states that around 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide.

Hoover’s proposal to bring Red Kettle back to Fulton County has been well received by locals. Many have shared stories on how they rang the bell in their younger years, and how they hope to introduce their grandchildren to the Red Kettle Campaign.

“If you are unable to donate an hour of your time, please make sure you make a financial contribution,” he urged.

Anyone wishing to sign up to be a bell ringer during the upcoming holiday season can contact David Hoover by calling 717-485- 4628.

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